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Put a fruit on the barbie

Photo by Jeremiah Brunnhoelzl
Photo by Jeremiah Brunnhoelzl

Talkative emerges from the same squishy indie-rock primordial ooze as Animal Collective. The Portland-via-Eugene art freaks are test-driving material from their new LP Hot Fruit Barbecue May 23 at Tiny Tavern in the Whit. 

Barbecue bursts from the gates with “Mongoose” — a punchy four-on-the-snare drum line propels the track beneath itchy, harebrained guitar work, garbled and shouted vocals, and electronic buzzing and beeping. 

The manic, up-all-night energy carries on throughout the record including album high points like the brief and driving art-jam “Dusty Mastercron,” and the Devo-meets-Talking Heads (and exquisitely titled) “Gentrifuckation.” 

Too catchy to be experimental, too pop to be psychedelic, Talkative at times — like in “Sampler Song” and “Hava Nagila” (no, not that Hava Nagila) — swerves dangerously close to pre-2010 indie-rock sameness, a sound as played out as the word “hipster.” 

But overall Talkative has a wild and rangy charm, dancing ceremonially around a primal fire, incanting the sacred rites of ’70s-era art-punk. They’re also really, really good. 

Talkative plays 9 pm Friday, May 23, at Tiny Tavern; free.